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Is Sedation Dentistry a Good Option to Help Us Improve Your Oral Health?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
The worst thing you can do when it comes to your oral health is to find reasons not to visit our office. Regular checkups and professional cleaning are an essential part of your oral health. The problem that many people have is that they fear the dentist. It could be the sounds or the way our office looks that they are afraid of. It could be due to some type of trauma they suffered in the past. Regardless of the reasons a person needs to find a way to overcome their fears and come to our office for a visit. Sedation dentistry may help you accomplish that goal. What is It? Sedation dentistry is an option that helps people get over the fear of the dentist. It involves several different aspects for people who need help going to the dentist. It starts before a person gets to our office. Some people may take medication or use relaxation tricks before they leave for our office. Once in the office, there are other tools to help a person relax. The waiting room, the music and the personnel in the office all help put you at ease. In the actual examination room, this idea of relaxation continues. Before starting any type of examination or treatment, additional sedation medications can help. These range from light sedation to a deep sedation that allows the patient to get whatever treatment they need. Why Sedation Dentistry Improves Oral Health Good oral health requires several things. It requires a person to practice good oral hygiene habits. It also requires a person to have regular visits with our dental professionals for examinations and cleanings. If a person is afraid of coming to our office, they may miss out on this important step. They may delay getting any treatment they need to help improve their oral health. For more information about sedation dentistry and other oral health issues, contact our offices to schedule an appointment....

Why Do Cheeks Tend to Swell Following Oral Surgery?
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Oral surgery will not only affect the area being treated directly, but the rest of your mouth will feel its effects as well, including your cheeks. It is critical that you follow all the instructions we give you to minimize and reduce the swelling as soon as possible after the procedure. This will help speed up your recovery and have you feeling better soon. It is very common for patients to have swollen cheeks after an oral procedure. Every patient is different, and some are lucky and barely get any swelling. However, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible after surgery. Swollen Cheeks After Oral Surgery When you have oral surgery, you go through a traumatic experience, especially during an extraction. We are removing a tooth that has been part of your mouth up until this point, and other areas will be affected by this process, including the cheeks. The swelling of the cheeks happens when your body starts to heal the damage from the surgery. While it can be uncomfortable to have swollen cheeks, it is perfectly normal and expected. Swelling will peak between 24 to 48 hours after surgery and will begin subsiding after that. If everything is going well with your recovery, the swelling should not get worse. If you notice that it's not improving, call us immediately, as this can be a sign of infection. It is imperative to ice your face as instructed by our staff. Applying ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off throughout the day for the first two days will significantly reduce the swelling. You also must keep your head elevated to encourage blood flow and dry socket healing. If the swelling of your cheeks has not subsided or has gotten worse after three days let us know right away and we will bring you in....

What to Do if Your Lower Jaw Protrudes
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When your jaw is misaligned, it can not only affect your bite, but can also create other problems as the upper and lower teeth meet in different places than the ones intended by nature. When your lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw, it can cause things like worn enamel, which could lead to tooth decay. What is a Protruding Jaw and What Causes It? A protruding lower jaw is also called prognathism and an extended chin and, in general, is the result of an underlying condition that needs a diagnose and treatment. There are also hereditary and rarely developmental reasons for a protruding lower jaw. In some cases, the body produces excess growth hormone which causes the chin to be larger and in others it happens due to conditions that occur while the fetus is developing. Treating Lower Jaw Protrusion Having a lower jaw that protrudes can cause someone to be self-conscious about their appearance. Moreover, this condition can cause bite problems, and even issues when chewing or talking. The jaw misalignment can also mean you are more prone to decay and periodontal disease because the lower teeth are harder to clean. Talking about your options with our surgeon is essential. Some of the options to treat a protruding jaw includes braces, which will help to realign the teeth, so they are placed correctly and surgery. We may need to reposition part of the jawbone and remove others. Following the procedure, the jaw will need to stay in place until it's repositioned. It takes about 12 months to recover from this surgery, but you may go back to school or work after between one and three weeks. In some cases, this condition could be related to cancer and radiation or chemotherapy will be needed to control the growth hormone production....

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